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Man Arrested in 1989 Cold Case

Police in Philadelphia say they have arrested a New Jersey man wanted for the murder of two women in 1989.

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Fifty-one-year-old Rudolph Churchill of Paulsboro, N.J., was taken into custody Wednesday in Philadelphia.

The charges stem from the murders of two women — the first of whom was discovered nearly 25 years ago to the day.

Nineteen-year-old Ruby Ellis was found strangled and beaten to death on March 17, 1989, in an abandoned car.

A month later, the decomposing body of 33-year-old Cheryl Hanible was found in a burned-out bar. She was also strangled.

Police said DNA testing linked Churchill to the slayings.

He is charged with two counts of murder and related offenses.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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